How Does Tequila Make You Feel? Answered (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

People have different effects when it comes to drinking tequila. While some drinkers may feel more relaxed and inhabited, others may feel dizzy when they consume a lot.

Besides, some feel they’re more energetic and talkative than usual.

But seriously, how does tequila make you think? What should we expect after drinking tequila? 

How Does Drinking Tequila Make You Feel? 

Pouring Casamigos Tequila on a Glass

The feeling after drinking tequila may vary depending on the drinker’s tolerance, age, rate of consumption, and weight. There’s no one size fits all principle in drinking.

But generally speaking, since tequila is a hard liquor, you may expect a heavy feeling, especially when you consume large amounts in a short period. 

While many drinkers think tequila is less risky to our health, this isn’t the case. It can give you the same intoxicating effect as other hard liquors.

Additionally, drinking too much can cause adverse effects. Note that – shots of tequila should be consumed in moderation.

Minor Effects

Feel Happy & More Relaxed

The effect of tequila can depress the central nervous system, inducing a more relaxing or calming influence. 

Besides, tequila can make a person happy during and after drinking due to the sugar content flowing through the bloodstream along with the alcohol. 


While you can feel relaxed and happy after drinking tequila, it can also cause agitation.

Why? Because the body reacts in different ways depending on how much you consume. 

For instance, if you consume a lot of tequila, you may experience vomiting, slurred speech, and impaired coordination. 

“A little tequila, sunshine, and tacos never hurt anybody.”

— Matthew McConaughey, Actor 

So to avoid any adverse effects, you must limit your consumption to a certain amount.


It is known that the effects of tequila are usually tranquil and sleep-inducing. 

However, the amount of alcohol that you consume and the situation you are in can have a significant impact on how you feel.

Less Inhibited

In general, drinking tequila can make you feel less inhibited. But the thing is – you may also be prone to feeling dizzy, leading to fainting, due to the effects of alcohol. 

This is especially true if you drink more than your body can handle. 

More Energetic & Talkative

This effect does not apply to all drinkers, but in most cases, the influence of tequila on the body increases energy levels, making you more talkative and energetic. 

Well, this also applies to other liquors— be it whiskey, rum, and vodka. But as we’ve said, it still depends on different factors–on a case-to-case basis.

Major Effects

Dizzy, Lightheaded, Or Nauseous

Consuming tequila increases the body’s production of urine [1], which can lead to dehydration that causes dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea. 

Mind you – inflammatory responses can occur due to alcohol consumption, regardless of the type. 

Slurred Speech

Not only in tequila but also in other alcoholic drinks– once you consume too much, it can alter your speech output, referred to as “slurred speech.” 

The alcohol in tequila increases the GABA effects, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which decreases brain responses. This impact can result in slurred speech. 

Impaired Coordination

Tequila can intoxicate anyone, and you can feel the effect just minutes after consuming it. 

The alcohol from tequila, circulating through the bloodstream, reaches the CNS, which may interfere with the brain’s communication pathways– affecting how the brain works.


Gastrointestinal problems like vomiting or diarrhea may occur when drinking tequila.

It can upset your stomach due to the increased production of acids, which triggers vomiting. 

Also, if you’re drinking tequila on an empty stomach, you’re at risk of having this feeling afterward. 

How Is Tequila Different From Other Alcohol? 

Close Up Shot of a Tequila Glass

Tequila differs from other alcoholic drinks as it’s made from 100% natural ingredients – blue agave plant, locally grown in Mexico. 

Since it’s crafted from natural ingredients, it’s relatively healthier (next to wine) than other alcohol types.

Authentic tequilas [2] have no added sugars, fewer calories, and zero- carbs. 

Can Drinking Tequila Make You Feel High? 

Drinking tequila can make you high, especially if your tolerance is low and you drink on an empty stomach. 

Generally, it can take two to three shots of tequila to get you drunk. It can go up to four to six shots for drinkers with high tolerance. 


Does tequila make you do crazy things?

Tequila can make you do crazy things if you consume too much than your body can handle. The presence of alcohol can make you less inhibited.

Is drinking tequila good for your health?

Drinking tequila can be good for your health since it contains less sugar and carbs compared to other alcoholic drinks. But still, too much is bad.  

Can tequila make you feel sleepy?

Tequila can make you sleepy because it depresses your CNS, resulting in a calming and relaxing effect, eventually making you fall asleep.

What does tequila do to a woman?

Tequila is beneficial for a woman’s sex drive. Drinking tequila increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to reward and pleasure.

On A Final Note 

Although tequila is lesser in sugar and carbs and made from 100% natural ingredients, it doesn’t change the fact that it can intoxicate and triggers harmful effects on the body when consumed in large amounts. 

On the good side, tequila can make you feel positive effects like being energetic, happy, and relaxed.

Remember – there’s no increased risk as long as you drink in moderation. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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